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of this Church is the New Testament     It should be noted that there are 75
        apostles and prophets (Eph 2:20). Along   references to Israel in the New Testament.
        with them, we have been built into this   A study of each context will demonstrate
        building as living stones (1Pe 2:5). In this   that when the proper name Israel is used,
        Church there are no racial distinctions, no   it always indicates the physical land of
        class differences, no social divisions and   Israel or denotes its place as a distinct na-
        no sexual differentiation – we are all one   tion. This includes the reference at the end
        in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:28).           of the book of Galatians, “And as many as
        The Confusion Regarding the           walk according to this rule, peace be on
                                              them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of
        Church                                God” (6:16). In the preceding verses Paul

          We have emphasized in this article   has confirmed that all blessings come
        that the Church of this dispensation is   through the cross. He invokes mercy and
        a distinct entity. Some have suggested   peace upon all who walk in keeping with
        that the local assembly is a miniature, or   this rule. However, he also desires mercy
        microcosm, of the dispensational Church.   and peace upon his own nation, the Israel
        This is not the case. Clear distinctions are   of God.
        made in the New Testament with regard   Some have questioned where the
        to both. They are distinct organisms and   Church fits in God’s kingdom program.
        retain distinct identities.           God’s kingdom is eternal (Psa 145:13)
          There are those who teach that the   and His rule has been from everlasting.
        Church has replaced Israel in God’s pur-  The Church will be linked with Christ
        pose. They state that the blessings of the   forever. Israel and the Gentile nations will
        covenant made with Abraham have been   be separate entities in the future kingdom
        transferred to the Church. This is patently   of Christ. The Church will also retain its
        unbiblical; the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen   distinct place and privilege.
        15:9-21) concerns the promise of a physical
        inheritance, the land of Canaan. It includes   The Calling of the Church
        the promise of blessing for Abraham’s   We have considered the coming king-
        physical descendants, a seed who will   dom glory of the Lord Jesus. The Church
        inherit that land. This covenant is a uni-  will have a special place in that kingdom.
        lateral covenant and is different from the
        Mosaic Covenant, which was a bilateral   Paul confirmed this as he wrote, “And
        covenant. Israel acknowledged this when   the Lord shall deliver me from every
        they said, “All that the Lord hath spoken   evil work, and will preserve me unto his
        we will do” (Exo 19:8). The Abrahamic   heavenly kingdom” (2Ti 4:18). We will be
        Covenant is dependent on the Lord alone   associated with the Lord Jesus when He
        and its blessings are not conditional. The   returns in glory, but the calling, expecta-
        fulfillment of this covenant will be real-  tion and hope of the Church are heavenly.
        ized in the future during the millennial   In summary, the dispensational Church
        reign of the Lord Jesus when Israel will   is a unique entity, enjoying spiritual bless-
        be in its land, dwelling safely and in a   ings. The Church has a place of unique
        right relationship with the Lord (Isa 11:12;   privilege and will enjoy this in association
        Rom 11:25-27).                        with the Lord Jesus forever.

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